The latest addition to our club is Somer Youth, dedicated to athletes aged from 13 to 17 years. Somer Youth provides a transition between our Juniors and the Senior athletes, building upon the running, jumping and throwing skills learned at younger age groups.
The aim of Somer Youth is to:
- Provide age appropriate activities
- Provide a range of physical challenges in line with each athlete’s ability and ambition
- Place greater emphasis on competition, both within the club and against youth sections from other athletic clubs
Somer Youth meets every Thursday at Norton Hill Sports Centre, Midsomer Norton at 7.15pm. We aim to finish by 8.30pm with some run-on likely if light allows. Training operates through half terms but breaks in line with term times at Christmas, Easter and throughout August.
Occasionally, we may arrange to meet at another venue, for instance, at a local athletics track or a suitable cross country start point. Such events will be well publicised. To keep abreast of these and any other changes to the programme, find and join the Somer AC Facebook page and check well ahead of the Thursday sessions.
Who can join?
The club is open to anyone aged 13 to 17 years and athletes in our Junior section can step up after their 13th birthday where space in Somer Youth allows. We operate a waiting list system for this group so please use the contact form below to express your interest in Somer Youth. Before turning up to your first session, please await contact from one of the coaching team to confirm that a place is available.
We use the UKA Athletics 365 programme as a base for our training. This involves running, jumping and throwing activities, allowing each athlete to explore their strengths while experimenting with different disciplines within the sport.
Wherever possible, athletes will train outside and should arrive in time for each session equipped with a high visibility shower proof jacket or high viz vest. The spring/summer programme includes:
|Sprints – 100m, 200m, 400m||Middle distance – 800m, 1500m + mile||Triple jump|
|Cross country||Throws – shot + javelin||Long jump|
|Strength + conditioning||Hurdles||Relays|
Somer Youth provides a pathway into athletic competition. For most athletes, this will be a new experience and emphasis is placed on participation and teamwork within the athletic squad. Events include fun runs, inter-club athletic meets, regional competitions and low-key challenges within our club.
The coaching team
The coaching team consists of:
Manager and Assistant Coach: Matt Exley
Club Chairman and Coach: Ade Holborn
Assistant coaches, Sports Leaders & Helpers: Joe Holborn, Andy Courtney, Sam Perry, Simon King, Keith Cradock, Denise Osborne and Mark Ilott.
Want to help? If you have an interest in athletics and would like to support Somer Youth in some way, please contact Matt Exley.
The Somer Youth section is very popular and we currently operate a waiting list. If you would like to add your child’s name to the Youth section waiting list, or ask any questions about the Somer AC Youth section, please use the Contact Form below, and one of our coaches will get in touch with you.